MANSFIELD -- Since March we’ve heard about how these are stressful and uncertain times -- and for many of us, they are.

Quarantine and social distancing have reduced or eliminated contact between many people and their loved ones. Some of us have lost our jobs or been thrust into homeschooling. All of us are adjusting to new rules, which at times can seem inconvenient and confusing.

While the world battled a pandemic, public health experts also warned about the mental health toll that COVID-19 could have -- and it got Richland Source to thinking.

We all know these are stressful times . . . so what can we do about it? What are some practices or techniques that we can use regularly to check in with ourselves, relax our minds and bodies and improve our general wellbeing?

Acknowledging that we’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed is a key first step to coping with those feelings. But we wanted to go a bit further. That’s why we’re launching Wellness Week in partnership with OhioHealth.

We’ll be airing videos everyday on Facebook Live and These videos will feature quick, simple exercises you can use to improve your mental health and wellness -- all from the comfort of your own home. 

Not a wellness guru? Don’t worry -- our Wellness Week videos are hosted by local mental health professionals who can guide you through the process.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Day 1: We’ll learn how to make each day a little bit brighter with positive affirmations from Erin Schaefer, executive director and executive vice president of Catalyst Life Services.

Day 2: Renee Petruzzi, director of behavioral health at Third Street Family Services, gives us an alternative perspective on what to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed.

Day 3: It’s time for some gentle stretches, led by an instructor from OhioHealth.

Day 4: We’ll check in with Joe Trolian, executive director of the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, to find out how we can examine our lives and see if we’re living with an unhealthy amount of stress. Plus, we’ll unwind with a progressive muscle relaxation technique.

Day 5: We join Jamie Pelfrey from Third Street Family Health with a mind body technique that will make you feel like you’re lying on the beach!

Day 6: Whether you’re a parent or simply young at heart, this video is sure to inspire a sense of creativity and fun as Third Street’s Ophelia Ramirez-Mailloux shows us how to make music with everyday objects.

Day 7: We'll wind down with a deep breathing and guided imagery session, led by an instructor from OhioHealth.

We hope you'll join us in this journey toward better mental, emotional and physical health.


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